DIY Elderberry Syrup for Immune Support

Mountain Rose Herbs
December 19th 2019

recipe by Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., R.H.

Who doesn’t love a tasty way to maintain a healthy immune system? Elderberry syrup is one of the most enjoyable ways to keep the sniffles at bay and it’s easy to make. Here is our time-tested traditional recipe that you can easily make in your own home kitchen. It also makes great gifts!

Traditional Elderberry Syrup Recipe
Makes about 4 cups

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Add the berries and herbs to cold water in pot and bring to a light boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer 30-40 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and let steep for 1 hour.
  4. Mash berries to extract as much of their juices into the liquid mixture as possible.
  5. Strain through cheesecloth into a heatproof bowl, and squeeze as much liquid from the berries and herbs as possible (careful, liquid will likely still be hot!).
  6. Discard used herbs in compost.
  7. Once liquid has cooled to just above room temperature, stir in honey.
  8. Add vodka or brandy, if you choose, and stir until well combined.
  9. Bottle in sterilized glass.

While this traditional recipe is considered “old faithful” in our household, it’s always fun to spruce it up with some additional botanical goodness. We hope you enjoy this rooty rendition that is a favorite around the Mountain Rose Herbs office!

Elderberry Rooty Syrup Recipe
Makes about 4 cups

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Add berries and herbs to water and bring to a light boil.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer for 30-40 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool to about room temperature.
  4. Mash berries to extract as much of their juices into the liquid mixture as possible.
  5. Strain through cheesecloth into a heatproof bowl, and squeeze as much liquid from the berries and herbs as possible (careful, liquid will likely still be hot!).
  6. Discard used herbs in compost.
  7. Add honey to your liquid mixture and stir until well combined.
  8. Stir in brandy (if desired) and pour into a sterilized glass jar or bottle.
  9. Label and enjoy!

Pro Tips:

  • Syrups that are shelf stable (able to sit out at room temperature for a long period of time without spoiling) do require more sugar, alcohol, or both to discourage the development of bacteria and mold. This recipe uses less sugar and no alcohol and is intended to be kept in the refrigerator. However, if you want a more shelf stable syrup, you can double the honey or add the optional alcohol.
  • When preparing your syrup, be sure to use a ceramic, glass, or other non-reactive pan to avoid the potential of off gassing.
  • Remember that your finished herbal product is only as good as the ingredients you start with, and that includes water!

If you’re looking for other herbal syrup ideas, you may also enjoy this Soothing Wild Cherry Bark Syrup for a Dry Throat.

 

Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., R.H. began exploring the natural world more than 35 years ago, before earning her medical degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Dr. Low Dog shares her loves of plants and natural healing with students at her Medicine Lodge Ranch in New Mexico.

Since 1987, Mountain Rose Herbs‘ team of herbalists, plant lovers, and environmentalists have always put people, plants, and planet before profit. From product quality and sustainable packaging, to fair trade practices and watershed conservation, MRH take pride in doing business right. Their belief that people, plants, and planet are more important than profit guides everything they do.